NTSB Identification: ATL98LA020.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 06, 1997 in HENDERSON, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 172B, registration: N172MT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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Two miles north of the destination airport, while cruising at 2500 feet, the pilot noticed that the engine rpm had dropped, followed by a total loss of engine power. Attempts to restore engine power failed. The pilot selected a forced landing area, and while maneuvering for the emergency landing, the right wing struck a tree and the airplane came to rest in a freshly plowed field. During the on-site phase of the wreckage examination, a substantial amount of fuel was discovered in the fuel tanks. No aircraft system malfunctions or component failures were noted during the on site examination and during the follow-up examination of the engine assembly. The pilot recalled that the outside air temperature at 2500 feet was 25 degrees. A review of weather data from the nearest reporting facility, 30 miles south of the accident site, reported a temperature of 40 degrees. Carburetor heat was last used about 45 minutes before the loss of engine power; the carburetor heat lever was in the cold position when the engine lost power. A review of weather data failed to disclosed conditions favorable for the formation of carburetor ice.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.

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